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Yankees add OF Maxwell

Nationals centerfielder Justin Maxwell catches Lucas Duda's second

Nationals centerfielder Justin Maxwell catches Lucas Duda's second inning drive to the outfield. (Oct. 2, 2010) Photo Credit: David Pokress

Looking to add to their OF depth, the Yankees acquired Justin Maxwell from the Nationals today in exchange for RHP Adam Olbrychowski, a minor leaguer who spent most of last season in with Single-A Tampa.

The release from the team:

"Maxwell, 27, has appeared in 122 career Major League games over three seasons with Washington (2007, ’09-10), compiling a .201 (44-for-219) batting average with nine home runs and 26 RBI. He entered the 2010 season ranked by Baseball America as the eighth-best prospect in the Nationals organization, hitting .144 (15-for-104) with three home runs and 12 RBI in 67 games at the Major League level in 2010. He also appeared in 66 games with Triple-A Syracuse, batting .287 (66-for-230) with 17 doubles, six home runs and 21 RBI. The Maryland native was selected by Washington in the fourth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

Olbrychowski, 25, combined to go 3-2 with a 3.90 ERA (67.0IP, 29ER) in 32 games (one start) with Double-A Trenton and Single-A Tampa in 2010. He spent the majority of the season with Tampa, where he went 3-2 with a 4.02 ERA (62.2IP, 28ER), before being promoted to Trenton on September 1.

To make room on the Yankees’ 40-man roster, outfielder Jordan Parraz was designated for assignment.

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